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Elementary Classroom Teachers as Movement Educators [Paperback]

Susan Kovar , Cindy Combs , Kathy Campbell , Gloria Napper-Owen , Vicki Worrell
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November 4, 2008 0073376469 978-0073376462 3
Elementary Classroom Teachers as Movement Educators is a practical guide written specifically for the elementary classroom teacher (not for the physical educator). It is designed to inform future elementary classroom teachers, as movement educators, about the discipline of physical education and the role they can play in producing physically active and healthy children. The text covers the variety of situations in which elementary classroom teachers may find themselves with respect to the physical education time of their students, from supporting a physical education teacher to managing a physical education program on their own. It provides a strong introduction to fundamental physical education concepts as well as hundreds of sample activities and lessons.

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Susan K. Kovar is a Professor of Physical Education and Dean of the Graduate School at Wichita State University. Susan has spent her 25-year career in higher education preparing elementary physical educators and classroom teachers to meet the movement needs of elementary-aged children. Much of her scholarship (research, publication and presentations) over that period of time focused on issues in physical education and methods of teaching elementary physical education. She received a B.S. degree from the University of Nebraska, an M.S. degree from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She is an active member of AAHPERD and NASPE, having served on a number of NASPE Committees. For seven years, she was a reader for the NASPE/NCATE process for accreditation of undergraduate physical education preparation programs in institutions of higher education. For an additional five years, she served as one of seven NASPE/NCATE adjudicators who made final recommendations to NCATE regarding these programs. She is a reviewer for JOPERD and Strategies. In 1987 she was named CAPEHE Young Scholar by the Central Association for Physical Education in Higher Education, and in 1998 she was named Central District AAHPERD Scholar.

Cindy A. Combs has taught Adapted Physical Education (APE) for 21 years and implemented the first APE program in the Harvey County Special Education Coop in Newton, Kansas in 1984. She received her BS in Health and Physical Education and in Special Education from Bethel College, N. Newton, Kansas and her MS in curriculum and instruction from Wichita State University. Cindy is a past president of the Kansas AHPERD. She currently serves on the Editorial Board for Strategies. She was the 2004 State of Kansas Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the year. In 1999, she was awarded the National Shaklee Teacher Award “to recognize ten of the country’s most outstanding teachers of children with disabilities”. Cindy has served as adjunct faculty teaching Adapted Physical Education and courses in qualitative research.

Kathy Campbell, Ed.D., FACSM, is currently a faculty associate at Arizona State University. Recently Kathy worked in the private sector as an exercise physiologist and manager of cardiac rehabilitation at Advanced Cardiac Specialists in Apache Junction, Arizona. Her background includes teaching, coaching, and curriculum development in public schools and at four universities. She has worked in the field of exercise physiology and adult fitness for over 20 years, is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and possesses certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, ACSM Exercise Specialist and ACSM Exercise Test Technologist. Kathy earned her Ed.D. and M.S. degrees in Health, Physical Education and Leisure from Oklahoma State University and B.S. in Biology with a minor in Physical Education from New Mexico State University. Kathy's interest in daily physical activity in the schools is evidenced by former work with elementary school teachers in workshops and short courses for fitness education in the public schools. She has several publications and presentations in the area of exercise and fitness, is a former chair of the Applied Exercise Science Council (NASPE), and a past president of the Central States Chapter of ACSM.

Gloria Napper-Owen is an associate professor in Physical Education-Teacher Education and chair of the Department of Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences at the University of New Mexico. She also serves as program coordinator for the undergraduate Physical Education Teacher Education program and the graduate Curriculum and Instruction program. Gloria’s teaching expertise is in elementary physical education and the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. In 2007, Gloria was a key member of the College of Education’s NCATE Task Force and helped prepare the institution and program reports for a successful accreditation review. In 2001 Gloria received the Southwest District AAHPERD Honor Award, the highest award given at the district level, and in 2005 she received the Professional Honor Award from New Mexico AHPERD. She has held leadership roles within AAHPERD, SWDAAHPERD, and NMAHPERD. Gloria has authored articles on beginning teacher induction, teacher development, and issues in elementary physical education. She has made numerous presentations at national, district, and state conventions on the topics of her research focus.

Vicki J. Worrell is an associate professor at Emporia State University in Kansas. Vicki has been in higher education for ten years and taught elementary physical education in public schools for 19 years. She received a BS from Wichita State University, a MEd from the University of Kansas and an EdD from Oklahoma State University. Vicki has served as chair of the Council of Physical Education for Children (COPEC), chair of the NASPE Public Relations Committee, served a three year term as a member of the NASPE Cabinet and currently serves on the AAHPERD Strategic Planning Committee. She has recently completed a three year leadership term as President-elect, President and Past President of the Central District AAHPERD. Vicki continues to serve as the Executive Director for the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Recently she was a co-author for two books that were published by NASPE: Never Play Leapfrog with a Unicorn and Roadblocks to Quality Physical Education. Vicki was the 2006 NASPE Joy of Effort recipient and the 1993 National Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 3 edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073376469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073376462
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.4 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Blah. Whatever. May 11, 2012
By Abigail
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I found this book to have too much "extra" (ie. unneeded) information in the text. It is in small font, on glossy pages, so it's also hard to read. It also repeats itself a lot.

If the authors took all of the ideas out of the book and sold it like that, with maybe a chapter summarizing the important aspects of physical education, this would be a great resource. As it is though, I'm selling it back to the bookstore just as soon as I take my final.

Also, as someone else said, the index and glossary are way, way skimpy.

(Also, I highly suspect my teacher uses the question bank questions for the tests we have, and they are horrible questions.)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good information poorly organized August 4, 2011
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This books has a lot of great information for students and teachers. I don't plan on selling it back because it has some wonderful resources in it, but I have to say I hated the organization of the book. The index was skimpy, the glossary had no indication as to what page we could find the term on, and the text was a little cluttered for my taste. Other than trying to find the section and page I wanted to look up this book was pretty good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great experience!!! December 25, 2012
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The book was great. It met all of my expectations and more!!! Thanks, I would purchase from you anytime again!!!
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By janice
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This is a great book for anyone studying how to teach movement and integrate health curricula in an elementary classroom. If your school, or teaching program recommend this as a text for the class, you are lucky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book February 4, 2012
By Hannah
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This book is full of so many great ideas and wonderful information. I would recommend it to any future or current teacher even if they don't specialize in physical education.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Becoming a teacher April 5, 2011
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I am currently using this book in college and find it very informative.
I also have a great teacher that explains it thoroughly.
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